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: the commander of america's forces in vietnam, general william westmoreland, cables washington. he wants 41,000 combat troops right away and 52,000 more later. and, he adds, he will need "even greater forces" to "take the war to the enemy." mcnamara says "we're in a hell of a mess." >> moyers: holding what we've got proves hard to do. on the 18th of june, south vietnam gets its tenth government in 20 months. a few days later, vietcong mortars destroy three u.s. aircraft at da nang. president johnson and defense secretary mcnamara realize they will need more boots on the ground. where will they get them? listen. >> moyers: july 28, 1965. >> i have asked the commanding general, general westmoreland, what more he needs to meet this mounting aggression. he has told me and we will meet his needs. i have today ordered to vietnam the air mobile division and certain other forces which will raise our fighting strength from 75,000 to 125,000 men almost immediately. additional forces will be needed later, and they will be sent as requested. this will make it necessary to increase our active fighting f
incredible. how do we cope with this? how do we cope with a generation dying? same thing happens in america in the '30s. >> and this last poem is called "i got it bad for nina simone." >> i think tough times bring out the need for the communion you get with poetry, and the need to write it. >> nina, look at the sky. april clouds hang a fat, sappy syrup on my saddest day. played you monday nights. my day unbearable as a wool coat in april. came back to find my bed empty as a tire swing in winter. nina, in my saddest hour, you have crooned me over a cruel block of loneliness when unrequited love is an italian bartender who flirts with you from the torso and offers you more lies than a tiramisu. >> whose woods are these? >> i think i know. his house is in the village though. >> he will not-- >> speak. >> he will not see me stopping here to watch his-- >> his woods-- >> woods fill up with snow. >> fill up with snow. >> my little horse must think it queer to stop without a farmhouse near between the woods and frozen lake the darkest evening of the year. he gives his harness bells a shake to ask
and infmation on america's economic crisis has been right here. timothy o'brien: you d the most raw panithe economy and the financial marks had seen since th1930s. bill moyersyou've told us that 's on the newshour, now, washinon week, nightly business port, the journal, and frontline and so many oter pbs news and public affairs progra. what we know herat public television is tt journalism is about things that matter. journalism reqres analysis. t requires interpretation it's not just simp showing us what can shown. it's trying to help us understand the meaning a the forcesehind it. beware the terrible simplifiers, the eat historian said. and that's a phrase i think of often in our biness. it's only here on pbs th viewer's get the complex view of reality that all of us must understand as citizenin order to cope wi the accountability anresponsibility that mocracy demands. so please helps continue to help u make sense of it all. rafael pi rom: thanks bill. please take this momt to become a partn in everythinge do here by calling e number on your screen with your personal contribution. once ag
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